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"Great work-life balance but moves too slowly, too much politics"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

1. Great work-life balance. If you have kids or a family to care for, some departments at Intuit allow you to work from home a couple times a week (it really depends on your department, though).
2. Benefits are OK. Vision plan is awesome, 401k matching is really competitive, but the other plans are pretty standard compared to other companies.
3. Company tries really hard to minimize politics, but of course politics always creep up regardless.
4. Management is respectful of employees' time off requests, especially to care for family members (mostly kids).

Cons

1. Certain managers or executives are very political and are emotionally immature, holding grudges or dealing with employees extremely unfairly as a result.
2. Promotions are scarce and very difficult unless you play the right game with the right people. My advice is to just be happy where you are and don't expect to get promoted even if you do insanely awesome work. This is horrible employee morale - no wonder no one ever wants to work hard here.
3. Most engineers do the minimum work and then go home to care for their kids. Some managers do very little to promote good coding practices and turn a blind eye, even promoting those who do little but know how to talk the talk. However, there are some technical managers who do care but those are hard to find.
4. Downside of promoting work-life balance is projects tend to move very slowly - sometimes wayyyyyy too slow. Many missed opportunities with marketing, sales, etc.

Advice to Management

1. Find ways to move faster on real business ideas, not "idea jam" ideas. You're having too many "Idea Jam"s - what are you getting out of them? These jams are oversaturated and no longer interesting or productive.
2. Look at who you're putting in senior management or executive positions. In particular, ask the lower-level employees how these people did before they got promoted to senior management. They may look good to you because of how they present themselves, but some of them are extremely ineffective as leaders in their own departments before getting promoted to executive positions, and are not respected at all by the lower-level employees. This lowers our confidence in how the company is being run.

Other Employee Reviews for Intuit

  1. Helpful (4)

    "A Great Place to Work (tm) - If you are management level."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management level employees have great benefits and incentives.
    Group medical benefits are among the best in the industry.
    Stock purchase plan gives decent investment opportunity.

    Cons

    If you aren't a salaried employee, advancement opportunities extremely limited.
    Any concerns voiced to manager will only result in a bad employee review.
    Continued outsourcing of product development and support positions - in past two years, four departments at this location have either been outright eliminated or relocated to either the Philippines or India, causing a reduction of over 70 people, some with zero notice.
    Opportunity for desirable projects is based on who you're buddies with other than who is qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring Intuit's Operating Values.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place to Work is just a Gimmick"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I guess the one good thing I have to say about Intuit is that the pay is okay compared to other companies. It's not the best, but it's above other companies. The benefits are pretty good too.

    Cons

    So when you first start at Intuit, there's this leadership model you're suppose to adopt. They don't care what you have to do to fit this model, just fit this model and fit in with the rest of the company. It's like Star Trek and the Borgs. You will conform or suffer with bad performance evaluations.

    Don't expect to get promoted any time soon. Only the people who can spew the best BS can get a promotion. The worst part of this company is the politics and favoritism. Politics is bad. Favoritism is even worse. Well, the meetings are bad too. I mean, how can you get any work done if you have seven hours of meetings in a day? There are meetings about meetings.

    They lay off a whole bunch of employees and expect the existing employees to pick up the slack. Work life balance is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management stress everyone to think of ways to grow. Okay, if it's up to the employees to grow the company, why do we need senior management?

    How are we suppose to grow like a start up with all these rules and policies of the past?


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